Chewy announced recently that they were launching a telehealth service for pets! During the pandemic, the increase in human telehealth has been substantial. Now the same benefit is available for your pet!

Chewy, the online pet product retailer, is providing the “Connect-with-a-Vet,” service free for members signed up for Autoship. The service is now available in 35 states from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m E.T. through Chewy’s website. Once you have an account, all you have to do is click the “chat now” button on your phone or computer to chat with a veterinarian.

“We have focused our efforts into developing an easy to use and convenient tele-triage product that we anticipate will have a positive impact given the current environment, and also extend beyond that,” said Sumit Singh, CEO of Chewy. “We are always looking to enhance our customers’ experience. Visiting a local vet continues to be a challenge for many pet parents during this time. Similarly, the vet community has also been impacted via clinic shutdowns or reduced clinic hours. So, we thought, why not come up with a solution that can help both communities, our customers and veterinarians, in this time of greatest need.”

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Pet parents can connect with a licensed veterinarian to get questions answered while staying safe in the pandemic. Pet adoption has grown significantly during the pandemic as people that are working from home look for extra companionship.

Interested in a furry friend of your own? We encourage everyone thinking of getting a pet to adopt instead of shop. Read more resources about adopting animals on One Green Planet, including 7 Reasons to Adopt Your Next Furry Best Friend, 5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Adopt a Pet, and These Heartwarming Before and After Pictures of Adopted Rescue Animals Will Make Your Day! Read tips for pet adoptions and what to consider before adopting an animal. We recommend using these apps to find shelter dogs near you!

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